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TOEFL Speaking Topics

TOEFL Speaking

The TOEFL test is an interesting test,  I feel that it comes the closest to a real life situation.
Many people read on the Internet, then they go to a You Tube video and then they talk about it to a friend.  This is that the Integrated Speaking Section of the test measures: How well you can integrate information in different formats together.

So, in order to practice. you have to come up with situations like that!

Here are a few resources that I have used with my students in the past.

Here is a site that has both types of questions:
http://www.examenglish.com/TOEFL/toefl_speaking.html

This site also has all the types of questions.

http://www.goodlucktoefl.com/free-TOEFL-speaking-samples.html


For the Short Speaking topics only, you can use this site:
http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/ibt_speaking_writing/2008/05/40-new-practice.html

It is a little hard to read because the background is in black, but the questions are good to practice on!


So I hope to meet you in class to pr…

Frozen the Book, Chapter 4, English Conversation, Lesson Plan

Chapter 3 told us the story about the girls troubled childhood. I can't wait to find out what happens next!


Frozen Chapter 4 


Key Terms
coronation - ceremony to be crowned as a ruler 
rickety - not very sturdy or strong
declared - said 
exclaimed  said loudly


Pronunciation 
coronation cor na a shun
dignitaries - dig na tar ris
celebrate sel i bret 
continued  con tin ued
courtyard court yard 
musical long u
experiences  ex per I en ses 
ceremony cer I mon I 


Questions 
Who were all the people coming to the Coronation? 
Why did they all come? 
What does Anna feel about it? 
Who is the Duke?  What does he want to do?  
What is his character? How do we know that?
What would he do if he found out about Elsa's magic?
What do Kristoff and Sven want to do? 
How does Kristoff communicate with Sven? 
Who does Anna really want to meet? 
Who does Elsa want to meet? 
What does Elsa want to do on this important day? 
Why is it dangerous for people to know about Elsa's magic?

How do we know that it is difficult for…

Because of Winn-Dixie Chapter 10 English Conversation Lesson Plan

Here is the Movie Trailer of the Movie "Because of Winn-Dixie"  but you should read the book first!

We are at Chapter 10!

Key Terms:
witch - mythical women who can do magic

Pronunciation
tucking tu king

Questions:
Why does Opal tell Gloria everything about her life?
How do we know that Gloria Dump is a good listener?
Who does all the work in planting the plant?
How do we know that Opal's father likes Winn-Dixie?
How much time has passed so far in the book?
Where does Winn-Dixie like to sleep?

Homework:

Make a time line of the events that have happened in the book so far:




Frozen, The Book, Chapter 3, Conversation Lesson

As we continue with our saga, the story gets more and more interesting. . .

http://blastmagazine.com/2014/02/03/frozen-sing-along-coming-theaters/

Now we find out more about the girls as they grow up! 
Frozen Chapter 3 
Key Terms 
shuttered - closed  secluded - alone keep power in check - don't show or display power  conceal - hide engulfed - cover over   
Pronunciation  lonely  say both l's clearly  engulfed un gulft 
Questions Why did the parents keep the sisters apart?  Why did Elsa have to be the next ruler?  What formed on her fingers when she became emotional? Why?  Does Elsa agree with her father's advice?  What does Elsa do when Anna wants to build a snowman?  How do the girls feel about each other?  What is going to happen when Elsa turns 21? 

Homework:  Write Elsa's journal entry of the night before she turns 21.  How does she feel about the event that will happen? 
Write at least 6 sentences. 


Because of Winn-Dixie Lesson Plan Chapter 9

Each Chapter of this book gets a different link and picture, just to keep you on your toes!  Today you can research Kate di Camillo!


http://www.katedicamillo.com/books/bowd.html

But really, let's get on with our book!
It is your turn to tell me what has happened in the book so far, Go on, I dare you to write in the comments the major events that have happened in the book!!! Go ahead, I will wait.


No, I won't wait, you are right, it is best just to keep on reading!

No kidding, but if you want, I have an extra copy of the book waiting here in my little hands if someone wants to buy it.  It is a paperback that has been rebound, and is in great condition!
E-mail me at E-mail me now!


Key Terms
for instance - as an example
overgrown - too many plants on one place
hollered- yelled

Pronunciation
whispered \\- s is a sss sound
 crinkly - krin kly


Questions
How did Winn-Dixie make Opal feel good all the time?
Who did she meet when she was coming out of the pet store?
What did she do i…

Frozen the book Chapter 2 Conversation Lesson Plan

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Disney-Frozen-The-Icy-Journey/Disney-Frozen/9780794430092
For Each post, I put up different pictures and links, Just to have fun!

Key terms
ancient - very old    section - part wounded - hurt crumbling - falling apart bundled - wrapped up saddled - put the saddle on the horse thundered - went very fast rumbled - made a loud soundwary -afraid dismounted get off a horse document- important piece of paper twirled - turn around
effigy - a model of a person
Pronunciation  ancient an chent
tucked tuckt
needed  need ed
page  long a
document doc u ment
hooves  huvs
curious cur i us
cried  long i
creatures  kr ee turs
realizing  ree liz ing
cuties  long u
unconscious  un kon shus
persuaded per swad ed
series  sir es
sensible sen si bl
scene  seen
window  win do
remnant rem ent
twirled twurled
effigy - ef i gi



Questions

Why did the King go to the library in the castle?
What did he find there?
What did he do then?
Which girl rode with the Queen?  …

Because of Winn-Dixie Chapter 8 English conversation Lesson Plan

I hope that you have been having fun reading Because of Winn-Dixie.  I don't know about you, but I prefer to read the book and then see the movie!  So today we are working on Chapter 8.



Key Terms
installment plan - to pay for an item a little each month
dust bunnies - patches of dust on the floor


Pronunciation
healthy  hel thy
combination com bi na shun
slicked  sl iket



Questions
Why does Opal think that Winn-Dixie need a collar and leash?
Where is the best place to get this?
Why doesn't Winn-Dixie come inside the store?
Why doesn't the worker like the installment plan?
What does Opal suggest instead?
Does she get the job?
Who does she meet outside the store?
How does Opal feel about this person?
What event does Opal get invited to?
When is it?
How does Opal feel now living in Naomi, Florida?


Homework:
Give Opal advice about how to make new friends.  What steps would you advise her to do?


Because of Winn-Dixie Chapter 7 Lesson Plan

Because of Winn-Dixie is a popular book and movie.  Chapters of it are in The California Treasures series.  But the best way to enjoy the book is to read it yourself.  We are working on Chapter 6 today!
Enjoy!





http://childrensbookalmanac.com/2011/04/because-of-winn-dixie/

Key Terms

Palmetto trees https://www.thetreecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/palm-trees-beach.jpg
prideful - full of pride
little-miss-know-it-all   someone who thinks they know everything
miss-smarty-pants - someone who thinks they know everything
tease - make fun of someone
friendless - without friends


Pronunciation
mosquitoes-  mos ki tos
peculiar - pe ku lar


Questions
What does Miss Franny Block ask her father for her birthday?
Is this a good gift for a young girl?
What did it teach Miss Block?
Why did Miss Franny think she knew everything?
Why does Miss Franny remember the exact day of the week when something strange happened?
What was the strange animal?
What did it want?
How did the other children say to Franny?

Frozen - The book, Lesson Plan 2 Chapter 1

Did you read the Prologue?  If not, here is the lesson plan link: Prologue, Lesson Plan 1




http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15850937-frozen

I hope that you have read the Prologue, it really sets the stage for the book and the first chapter.. 


Key Terms:
fjord, a narrow part of the ocean between cliffs or steep hills or mountains
bright luster - pearly lights 
grumbled - complain quietly about something 
ducked under the covers - go back to sleep
lopsided - one side smaller or larger than the other
aloft - up in the air 
fearless,- without fear
went awry. - went wrong 
“This is getting out of hand!” - too much to control 

The Northern lights 


Pronunciation 
silent - long I
 waking - long a
 begging - short e
 royal - ro al
 flurry - flur ri
 create - cre  ate
 twirl - move hand in a circle
pretending - pre tend ing
icy - ic ee
created - cre a ted
 tossed  - toss et
 making - mak king
slipped -. slipet
 awry.- a rye
unconscious - un con shus
pure - pur
 desperately - des per at li
icicles - I si ckuls

 gasped - gaspt

Frozen - the Book Lesson Plan 1, Prologue

Frozen is the popular movie, and has a wonderful sound track, it was first a book. Before you go see the movie again, read the book!

This lesson plan will help you!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15850937-frozen



Key Terms:

atop  - on top of
at attention, - ready to move
hoisted - pulled up
hurtling- falling
glanced - looked at fast
snorted - breathe out air with lots of noise
lanterns - oil lamps
desperately - To want something very bad

Pronunciation
wagons  wa gon
hurtling  hurt ling
sled  short e eh sound
desperately des pr et li
imagined i magned  i= ee sound
glanced  gl ansed
hoof  - huf
finishing fi ni shing
wrestled  - w is silent
attached  ed is t sound
 northern nor thern
 creating cre a ting
 gossamer go ssi mer

Questions:

Where does this story take place?
What type of weather?
What time of year?
What work do the ice harvesters do?
Why is is dangerous?
Why does Kristoff want to work?
Why can't Kristoff join in the work?
Who is with him?
What does Kristoff do?
Predic…